December 4 – December 8, 2019

Movement Research Fall 2019 Festival (December 4-8) is co-curated by Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Jaime Ortega, and iele paloumpis.

Marielys Burgos-Meléndez, Jaime Ortega, and iele paloumpis have curated the Fall 2019 Movement Research Festival around the intersection of somatic practices, social justice and trauma-informed pedagogies. This five-day festival offers a variety of formats to celebrate and investigate how somatic practices inform and enhance how we commune, heal, and address social justice issues.

About Movement Research's Festivals:

Movement Research Festivals, curated by a team of artists, explore contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, and discursive events. MR Festivals allow for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflect Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process, and their vital role within society. The Fall Festival centers around performances at our long-time festival home, Danspace Project.

Audio Description will be provided for performances at Danspace Project. Please email [email protected] with questions.

Movement Research, 122 Community Center is an accessible space. Studios are wheelchair accessible. The second floor office is accessible by elevator. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible and are all gender. Call (212) 598-0551 (voice only), or email Julienne Rencher, [email protected], for more information.

Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Fall Festival Workshops are available at a sliding scale.

Below is the suggested Sliding Scale based on Annual Income:

$0-$15,000 $8 - two hour workshop $12 - three hour workshop

$15,000-$25,000 $12 - two hour workshop $16 - thee hour workshop

$25,000-$35,000 $15 - two hour workshop $22 - three hour workshop

$35,000-$50,000 $20 - two hour workshop $30 - three hour workshop

$50,000-$70,000 $25 - two hour workshop $38 - three hour workshop

$70,000+ $30 - two hour workshop $45 - three hour workshop

Other Factors to Consider (this list was sourced from co-curator iele paloumpis and compiled by organizer Damien Luxe and is not exhaustive, just some examples)

Consider paying less on the scale if you

  • Are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • receive public assistance
  • have immigration-related expenses
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • are an unpaid community organizer or artist
  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part time by choice
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.

The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While we ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right.

We are aware that even the lowest amounts are still too high for some people; if this is the case for you, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You may enter $0 next the workshop you wish to sign-up for.

Venue Partners

  • Tickets are on sale!
  • Workshop registration is OPEN. Learn about workshop sliding scale pricing below.
  • There are still events to be announced - continue checking back here for updates.

Fall Festival | The Body Remembers: Breathwork for Radical Presence

Jennifer Patterson

December 5

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Fall Festival | Evening at Danspace

Camilo Godoy, Jerron Herman, stevie may
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December 5

8:00pm – 9:15pm
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Fall Festival | ComeUnion: Caring Gathering & Exchange

sára abdullah, Lydia Chrisman, Alice MacDonald, Dustin Maxwell, Grace Osborne, Antonio Ramos , Laura Tuthall, KK de La Vida

December 8

10:00am – 3:00pm

Fall Festival | LIMINAL BODIES: Internal Practices for Unwinding Empire

Zavé Martohardjono

December 8

11:00am – 2:00pm

Fall Festival | Social Wounds in the BodyMind: Somatic & Trauma-Informed practices for Collective Healing

Cheryl Clark, Martha Eddy, Kayvon Pourazar, Sangeeta Vallabhan, Ni’Ja Whitson

December 8

3:00pm – 5:00pm

From the curators:

“ComeUnion is an invitation to explore the intersectionality of somatic practices and social justice, community building and care, and trauma informed frameworks for pedagogy and performance. We have invited artists, somatic practitioners, activists, and healers whose practices are led by deep inquiries into these matters. Come join us in this exploration and celebration of the somatics of subversion, the embodiment of resistance, and the poetics of revolution.”

A year in the making:

During the Fall 2018 Movement Research Festival, iele paloumpis and Jaime Ortega together curated an evening of performance at Danspace Project. This initiated an investigation into shared interests in somatic practice and social justice, which they then continued during a Winter MELT 2019 Workshop focusing on how we navigate individual and group needs through the experience of the inner body in the context of the collective whole. In late spring of 2019, Marielys Burgos Meléndez joined Jaime and iele in this investigation, and together they have curated a space for research and appreciation of somatic and trauma-informed frameworks, and their capacity to heal the individual and our communities at large.